Grunge Skirt

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by Monty Howe

Hi All,

I recently received a new sewing machine as a late birthday gift, it’s a brand I’ve never heard (EGL) before but I picked it and wanted to give it a go.

So far so very good! I’ve completed my first project using it and it looks cool, my mom says it looks grunge and something she’d see in Urban Outfitters… I didn’t know she’s been in there.

So here’s my “grunge skirt”. The sun was out for a change but it’s made it look like I heavily edited these photos, kinda nice though.

Skirt 1

Showing Pockets

I have clown feet!

Skirt Back

Forgive my toned arms

Forgive my toned arms

It didn’t take long to make this skirt, I hacked at two pairs of jeans and sewn large godets in the front and back.

There are loads of tutorials if you’d like to try this. I’m still working of my socks but I need my moms help as it’s doing my head in!


Liebster Award Nom!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , on March 15, 2014 by Monty Howe

Hi All,

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award this year thanks to The Modern Woman! Woohooo


Here’s how it works, a Liebster Award is a way of getting other bloggers known, shared and generally getting the word out about them, if they have under 500 followers.

- A few simple rules apply -
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
3. Nominate 11 other followers with less than 500 followers
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5.Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them
My Questions:

1. What is your passion?

Being creative in any way possible. My main passions are sewing, knitting and learning new crafts. I’m interested in crafts for the home, like glass blowing and mosaic making.

2. Why do you blog?

To share what I have made/found and to improve on what I have made through suggestions from other crafters. Also to see what others are making.

3. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Having a secure job to cover my habit of buying knitting and sewing equipment. I’d like to travel too

4. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Japan! I know it’s a very busy place and I don’t do well with crowds but the culture and zany clothing they have is exactly my thing. I wear some mad outfits at time and I’d fit in there.

5. What is your favourite “end of the day wind down time” activity?

Joking with my mom and sister about our day while knitting.

6. Who has had the most impact on who you are today?

It’s between my mom and my boyfriend really. My mom has an impact on me creativity wise, if it wasn’t for her teaching me how to knit I wouldn’t be making my own clothes today. My boyfriend because he is comfortable with the real me and we can have a laugh about the most anything.

7. What is your dream job?

Fashion designer/seamstress

8. Favourite websites that make life easier?

This website!

9. Favorite social media to use to share your blog and ideas.


10. Blogs or people you follow obsessively.

Kollabora and cut out and keep

11. Favorite rainy day recipe.

Chicken soup or a Chinese take away.

Here’s who I nominated

1. TheSeedsof3

2. Handmade By Chris

3. Pretty Grievances

4. fiftydresses

5. The Sewprano

6. Sew Sensatinal

7. sewnhenge

8. MezzoCouture

9. PatternVault

10. Shadows Knit Knacks

11. AmeliaHopgood

Now these are my 11 questions for you all.

1. Why did you start crafting?

2. Would you consider making a business from your crafting?

3. What other hobbies do you have?

4. What music do you like?

5. What films are you into?

6. Favourite colour and why?

7. Where are you from and what’s interesting there?

8. Who inspires you?

9. Who do you craft for mainly?

10. What do you like making the most and why?

11. What really annoys you and why?

I hope this has brightened up your weekend, it’s brightened mine!


Camel Socks WIP

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , on March 2, 2014 by Monty Howe

Hi All,

I’ve been busy so I haven’t been able to make anything lately. I missed Sew Blue February but I still want to sew a blue dress.

I managed to start on some chunky socks which are on my birthday wish list, here’s a photo with the pattern I’m using.


So far so good but it looks like a sleeve and I need to knit in stocking stitch for 40 cm which means foreveeeer.

I wanted to make them in blue but I didn’t have any around, I placed it around my leg and it fits nicely so I’m going to stick with it

I have bought the Super Socks from Maria Denmark which I can’t wait to start.

I’ve also bought a very feminine jacket which is different for me, I really liked the nipped in waist so I went for it. I’m looking forward to sewing it!

I’ll keep you all updated


Birthday Wish List

Posted in Knitting, Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by Monty Howe

Hi All,

It was my birthday on the 15th of Feb so I got thinking of a sewing/knitting list  for making gifts just for me!

I’ll start with my sewing:
1. Coat
I’ve been going on about sewing one at some point and my mom bought me a pattern some time ago, I’ll be using wool fabric possibly in tartan.

2. Blazer
I have a kwiksew pattern that looks cute, I wanted to make one as the ones I like cost way too much. I’ve seen a lot of By Hand London blazers so I’m tempted to try it.

I was browsing Twitter when I saw a pair of handmade fleece socks, I need these in my life… end of story there.

1. Hoodie
My mom bought a pattern so I thought I should give it a go, it’s a chunky pattern so it should knit up quite quickly (I’ll post pics when it’s made) I also want to sew one too but I haven’t got all the materials yet.

There are loads of knitting patterns for socks, it’s just hard choosing one! I tried making some chunky ones but that was a fail. Somehow I ended up knitting the heel the opposite way.

3. Long Coat
I’ll most certainly be making a longer version of my Beth coat! It’s warm, has a lovely texture and I get compliments when I wear it. This time I’ll use brightly coloured wool.

There is a hell of a lot more I want to make but these are top of the list… I’m going to be very busy!


Super Chunky Ears

Posted in Hats/Hoods/Scarves, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2014 by Monty Howe

Hi All,

My mom wanted me to knit a very warm think hat that would be big enough to fit over her dreadlocks… challenge accepted!

She gave me two different balls of wool, one super chunky and one chunky, both are two shades of pink. I knitted them using 12mm and 15mm, the ears were made using 15mm.

I think it turned out well and my mom really likes it, I just need to sort out the ear placements.

Here’s me doing a Japanese style pose!



I’ll more than likely make another one for my mom and a darker version for myself, it keeps my head really hot and covers my ears which is good as my they’re sensitive.

I’m currently knitting a bag that matches my Beth coat so I’ll be posting that soon

Until next time crafters


The Beth Coat

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Hats/Hoods/Scarves, Knitting with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2014 by Monty Howe

Hi All,

I have wanted to knit this jacket/coat for a long time now, ever since my mom knitted hers 2 years ago. I wanted to do a test run so I was lucky that she had loads of chunky wool she didn’t want anymore.

The pattern is worked in double moss stitch so it’s textured and warm, I also like the A line shape and bell shaped sleeves. Here’s a link to the book/pattern 

I’m showcasing my new bobble hat in the photos too, it’s from the same pattern I made the square hats in my last post.

Here is photographic proof!

Jacket Front

Overlapped split in sleeves, I’ll sew wooden buttons there

I will be looking for some wooden buttons to tie it all together, 3 on the front and 1 on each sleeve.

I made it shorter than the pattern requires

I made it shorter than the pattern requires

Bell Sleeve

Close on the hat

Close on the hat. I want to cover it in skulls

I wore this today and my hairdresser wants a longer version this jacket, which is great! I’m a fast knitter so I’m always looking for something new to do (this took me between 2-3 weeks to make) and I want to make a purple version for myself too.

I should start on sewing a jacket at some point, one step at a time!






Super Chunkys

Posted in Hats/Hoods/Scarves, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2014 by Monty Howe

Hi All,

I have been knitting more hats than I should be because I get bored, also my mom has bought new patterns and has wool to spare.

These hats I’m about to show you took me around half an hour to make without breaks so I made 2 in one day (I made three all together).

This is the first one I made, it's mine

This is the first one I made, it’s mine

The colours remind me of a teddy bear

The colours remind me of a teddy bear (pic doesn’t do it justice)

This is the knitting pattern I used, I like King Cole patterns as they’re easy to follow and they have a lot of chunky patterns. This one uses super chunky wool but I twisted 2 yarns of chunky, that’s how I got a two tone effect and I made a pompom from each yarn.

I made one for my mom but I didn’t get a photo, when I do it’ll be on my ravelry

Happy crafting!



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